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Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar is out today! One of the great things about being an author is meeting other authors. I read Lexi George’s debut book, Demon Hunting in Dixie, before I met her, so I had envisioned her as this sassy Southern woman with a wicked sense of humor. And I was totally right. I was also surprised to learn she lived less than an hour away and spends her days as an appellate lawyer. Which, now that I think about it, probably requires a highly developed sense of the absurd. You can learn more about Lexi at her website.
The Demon Hunting series (the second book is Demon Hunting in the Deep South) is set in the tiny (or as one might say in Alabama, tee-niny) town of Hannah, Alabama, so I asked Lexi if she could offer us a peek at things to see and do in Hannah. I also grew up in a tee-niny Alabama town (population, at its peak, was less than 3,000), so I can tell you she pretty well nails it, except for the part about sexy demon hunters who get drunk on chocolate. I only wish…
Take it away, Lexi!
Ten Things To Do If You’re In Hannah, Alabama
1. Eat at the Sweet Shop Café and Grill, home of slap-’yo-Mama-good vittles made fresh from scratch every day. Del Williams makes the best barbeque in Behr County, and as for his fried chicken—mmmwah! It’s a religious experience. His lovely wife, Miz Vi, concocts a chocolate pie that will melt in your mouth, piled high with homemade meringue, the fluffy, white peaks lightly toasted under the broiler to sugary perfection. But look out if you see a demon hunter amongst the diners. Demon hunters can’t handle their chocolate. Get a Dalvahni demon hunter drunk on chocolate and look out.
2. Visit the Kut ʾN Kurl and get your hair ‘did. ’ Jeannine carries a full line of Fiona Fix-it products that work magic on your hair. No, really. Magic. These products are fae-tastic.
3. Stop by Flowers by Adara and say hey to Addy, the owner. Pay no attention to the tall, dark and handsome hunk of a demon hunter glowering in the corner. That’s just Brand. I’m not kidding. Pay no attention to him. Brand is Addy’s husband, and she’s the tee-nin-siest bit jealous. Put the move on Brand, and Addy will open up a can of Behr County whoopass on you.
4. Swing by Corwin’s Serenity Chapel and check out the action. Find out the latest gossip while mumbling politely over the dearly departed. Funerals are BYOSC: bring your own Solo cup. There’s always someone in the back parking lot with a cooler of beer and a bucket of fried chicken or a ham sammich to share. The funeral parlor has always been the place to find out what’s going on. For instance, did you hear about Shirley Farris? That old philandering husband of hers died and she removed his mister to keep him from messing around on her in the afterlife.
5. On your way out of Corwin’s, stop by the office and make Miss Bitsy an offer. No, not that kind of offer. Offer to buy the place. Corwin’s has been up for sale ever since Shep, Bitsy’s son and Hannah’s sole undertaker, hooked up with an emotion sucking, intergalactic hoochie mama named Lenora. Bitsy blames Lenora for Shep’s decision to give up undertaking to follow his muse. Bitsy does not approve of Lenora or the muse. Lenora wears a string dress and does the hoochie coochie at the drop of a hat. Ladies do not wear strings dresses and they most certainly do not do the hoochie coochie. Ever. (See Rule 12 of the Bitsy Handbook on Southern Lady-tude). As for the muse, Bitsy says it’s just a phase Shep’s going through. She hopes.
6. Run the dunes out at the abandoned quarry in your pickup truck. But don’t stay after dark. That’s when the Sand People come out.
7. Need to locate someone or something? Visit the Hannah art gallery and say hello to Mr. Collier. Mr. Collier can find anything with his contrabulator, especially demons. He made the device himself out of a couple of coat hangers. Interested in cigarette art? Mullet Woman has an Elvis she’ll gladly sell you. Or maybe you’re interested in a tasteful nude. Shep Corwin has dozens of nekked pictures of his succubus girlfriend on display. But don’t tell Bitsy. Ladies don’t pose nekked. (See Rule 23 of the handbook.)
8. Have a drink at Beck’s, a demonoid dive bar outside of town with a scenic view of the Devil River. Don’t bother going if you’re not a super. No norms allowed at Beck’s. You’d never find the place anyway. It’s equipped with a repel spell to keep out unwanteds, and a bouncer with a nose like a bloodhound. Toby Littleton can smell a norm a mile away. If you do make it inside, enjoy the music of Beelzebubba, the rockabilly band. But watch out for the Skinners. Look up the definition of ‘white trash’ in the dictionary, and you’ll find a picture of a Skinner. They’re shifters and mean drunks.
9. Slip inside the sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church and enjoy the beautiful, unearthly music provided by the church organist, Junior Peterson. Junior is a ghost. He was forced to relocate when his family home burned to the ground. He’s looking for a new home. Interested? Make sure you have a grand piano, and that it’s properly tuned. Junior has a degree from Vanderbilt in music and very exacting standards.
10. Drive out to Sardine Bridge at midnight and holler Ha-a-zel, three times and a watery ghost will rise from the creek. But don’t cuss. Hazel can’t abide foul language. Cuss and she’ll give you an ectoplasmic colon cleanse.
Those are just the highlights. There’s plenty more to do in Hannah, so y’all come.
Thanks, Lexi, and Ha! I understood every word of that. Did you? Leave a comment telling me a Southernism you didn’t understand or hadn’t heard before, and we’ll explain the mystery of talking Southern.
Lexi’s offering copies of Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar (or an earlier book in the series if it’s new to you) to five lucky commenters. So, get to talkin’ y’all!